Thursday, October 9, 2008

"World Focus" on PBS

PBS Television in the U.S. launched a new, nightly international news program this week called "World Focus," produced by WLIW and WNET in New York and hosted by former CNN/NBC correspondent Martin Savidge.

Its aim is to provide in-depth global news to American viewers, something that has been in shorter and shorter supply in recent years, as most U.S. television networks have scaled down their overseas reporting, shuttering bureaus just about everywhere but the hottest war zones. As someone who continually has to convince U.S. editors that Latin America matters, I welcome this new outlet, and I hope it does well.

I worked with a "Worldfocus" crew that visited Argentina in August, producing and translating on two stories for producer Bryan Myers and correspondent Edie Magnus. The first story is about rising global food prices, and how they are affecting Argentines.
You can watch it here.


Anonymous said...

dWorld focus is a breath of fresh air, away from the constant bickering and recycling same info from channel to channel. It is important to keep in mind that there are other people and stories exist around us. We can't ignore it any longer. All of us interdepend on one another. Majority of issues around the world are becoming more and more global, and to face and solve the problems of our times we need to know those stories you so interestingly present. My whole family look forward every night to watch your show. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, "World Focus" is becoming part of my day. As a social studies teaching I am constantly looking for world news which is nonexistent on Fox and CNN. I will be sharing the program with my students on a regular bases.